The word for Bible interpretation is Hermeneutics. Using proper historical context, grammar, and understanding definitions of words is extremely helpful to anyone seeking to understand God’s Word. Bible colleges and some churches offer classes, and now free online classes are becoming available. Check out the Bible Reference Websites and Apologetic Training page. God did not have to reveal Himself to us – He chooses to speak to us through His Word and not allow our own ideas and opinions into the text.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”2 Timothy 2:15
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”Hebrews 4:12
“Living by the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible, Revised and Updated” (This book really influenced m ) – by master teacher, Howard G. Hendricks, whose life was impacted as a troubled preteen by a teacher who believed in him. He went on to write 23 books and teach over 10,000 students at “Dallas Theological Seminary”.
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ONLINE BIBLE TEACHING:
“Biblical Training” – offers free online Bible classes: “Bible Survey, A Big Screen Perspective”, “New Testament Overview”, “Understanding the Old Testament”, , “How to Read Your Bible”, “Bible Study Methods” (how to interpret the Bible), “52 Major Stories of the Bible”, “Essentials of Church History”, and a variety of other great classes for the curious, Bible scholars, or anyone in between.
“The Bible Project” – donation-supported site offers free downloadable short videos with animated illustration & commentary; offer “How to Read the Bible Series”; “Word Studies Series” & “Theme Series”; also offer accompanying notes and guide to using videos while reading through the Bible in a year.